Ramadan is one of the most important religious celebrations observed by adherents to Islam. By fasting for one month from sun up to sun down, Muslims mark the time when the Prophet Muhammad began to receive the revelations of the Qur’an, the sacred book of Islam, over 1400 years ago. The end of Ramadan is marked with a feast and three days of celebration known as Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan begins this year on August 22.
Books for Youth About Ramadan and Islam
The White Nights of Ramadan. 2008.
A young girl tells how her family celebrates the festive holiday, Girgian, which comes in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. She tells readers of the special clothing, the foods, the crafts, and the greatest joy of all, the joy of giving that marks this special occasion.
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Banks, Jr., William H.
The Black Muslims. 1997.
A history of the Nation of Islam, the most widely recognized group of African-American Muslims currently residing in the United States.
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Science in Early Islamic Culture. 1998.
Discusses the extraordinary scientific discoveries and advancements in the Islamic world after the birth of Mohammed in 570 and their impact on Western civilization in subsequent centuries and today.
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The Rise of Islam. 1995.
The story of the spread of Islam is filled with prophets, sultans, holy men and generals who have ruled and shaped events for 1,500 years to the present day. Over a billion people follow the Islamic faith and the influence of Islam through the centuries in world events, science, art, literature, and politics can be found all over the world.
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Sacred Texts: The Qur’an and Islam. 2003.
Ganeri explains the importance of the Holy Book of Islam, known as the Qur’an, which Muslims believe to be the direct word of God, known as Allah.
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Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr with Praying, Fasting, and Charity. 2006.
Part of the National Geographic series Holidays Around the World, Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr explains the history of Ramadan, the meanings of the ritual of fasting, and the importance of charity in Islam.
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Celebrating Ramadan. 2001.
Hoyt-Goldsmith introduces young readers to Ibraheem, one of five million Muslims living and worshiping in the United States. Ibraheem shows us his local mosque, introduces us to his family, and tells us about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
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MacMillan, Dianne M.
Ramadan and Id Al-Fitr. 2008.
MacMillan takes readers on a tour of Ramadan celebrations around the world, from the United States to India, and explains Muslim use of the lunar calendar.
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Maqsood, Ruqaiyyah Waris.
Let’s Find Out About: Islamic Mosques. 2006.
Maqsood explains the importance of the Muslim place of worship, known to us as a mosque. Maqsood includes a helpful glossary and pronunciation guide for Muslim words, explains the symbols of Islam, and documents the different styles of mosques found around the world.
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The World of Islam. 2001.
Ries presents the history and principles of Islam, accompanied by photographs and maps.
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Islam (Atlas of World Faiths). 2008.
Senker takes us on a linear and geographical tour of Islam, starting with its founding in Arabia. She explains the Sunn-Shia split within Islam, the practice of Sufism, the history of the Mamluks, the Mongols and the Ottomans, and the mechanisms of Islam’s expansion into a worldwide religion with over 1 billion adherents.
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